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King’s College London War Studies

War Studies BA

Overview

Our War Studies BA degree course is a long-established programme of study that focuses on the key human challenges of war and conflict. Instead of adopting a single disciplinary viewpoint, you will approach the topics from a variety of distinctive angles including politics, international relations, philosophy, sociology, history and strategic studies.

Key benefits

  • King’s is amongst the world’s leading universities for the study of war and conflict.
  • Teaching by leading international experts who work in close collaboration with governments, armed forces and NGOs across the world.
  • Outstanding flexibility, allowing you to focus on your fundamental interests of war and conflicts.
  • Frequent guest lectures throughout the year by high-profile international speakers.
  • Located in the heart of London, giving unparalleled access to government, the media, museums, and major libraries and research institutes.
  • We offer a dedicated focus on employability skills, assisting you to careers in defence, foreign affairs, humanitarian aid, risk analysis, journalism, and banking.

 

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UCAS code L252

Duration Three years with optional year abroad

Study mode Full-time

Course type Single honours

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War Studies BA

Students and programme director Dr Alessio Patalano talk about the War Studies BA

War Studies BA is a degree which will enable you to understand why wars occur, covering current issues such as; weapons of mass destruction, security in the Middle East, transnational terrorism and the use of intelligence. Engage in the pursuit of peace; study war at King’s College War Studies Department, the only academic department in the world to focus solely on the complexities of conflict and security.

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Course detail

Description

The War Studies BA programme is made up of 360 credits and studied over three years and you will study 120 credits each year.

The first year of study consists of five required modules that provide a rounded introduction to the occurrence of war and the benefits and challenges.

The second year consists of four optional modules with the requirement that at least one will be either Intelligence in War Studies, World War II in Europe or War in International Order. These options provide you with a deeper understanding of war as revealed through a variety of disciplinary pathways, including history, politics, philosophy, and sociology.

In the final year, you are required to complete a 10,000-word dissertation on an approved subject of your choice with emphasis placed on self-directed research. The three optional modules you will also study are designed to reflect the current research and expertise of staff in the department, providing you with the opportunity to study specialist subjects in-depth.

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Teaching

A range of teaching methods are used including lectures, seminars and tutorials.

Assessment

Assessment methods will depend on the modules selected. The primary methods of assessment for this course are essays, written examinations and presentations (individual and group).

Location

This course is primarily taught at the King’s College London Strand & Waterloo Campuses. We are located at the Strand Campus, in the heart of central London close to the seat of government, the City, the Royal Courts of Justice and the Inns of Court, the Imperial War Museum and the National Maritime Museum; providing interaction between the study and practice of security and foreign policy.

Other related courses

  • International Relations
  • International Relations & History
  • War Studies & History
  • War Studies & Philosophy
  • Politics
  • European Politics

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Structure

Courses are divided into modules.  Each year you will normally take modules totalling 120 credits.

Required Modules

  • The Causes of War (30 credits)
  • The Conduct of War (30 credits)
  • The Experience of War (30 credits)
  • Art of War Studies (15 credits)
  • Contemporary Security Issues (15 credits)

Optional Modules

There are no optional modules for this course in Year 1.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

 

Required grades

AAA

Please note that A-level General Studies, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills and Global Perspectives are not accepted by King’s as one of your A-levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer.

Required subjects

No compulsory subjects.

Preferred subjects

No preferred subjects.

Further information and other requirements

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

A-Level subjects – University policy: Please note that A-level General Studies, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills and Global Perspectives are not accepted by King’s as one of your A-levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer.

A Levels: AAA

Access to HE Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits: 36 must be from units at Distinction with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit.

Cambridge Pre-U: Three Pre-U Principal subjects at D3 D3 D3. Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) considered.

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010): DDM with eleven Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA.

BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010): DM with six Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA.

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF from 2010): D with four modules at Distinction and two A levels at grades AA.

Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers: AAB at Higher in one sitting and AA at Advanced Higher (we do not count the Higher and Advanced Higher in the same subject).

International Baccalaureate: Pass the IB Diploma with a total of at least 35 points, with three Higher Level subjects at 666. Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.

Selection procedure

The department may interview shortlisted candidates for the BA programme and is looking for genuinely interested individuals. A good A-level performance is expected (normally AAA) but no specific A-level subjects are normally required except for joint honours programmes. The department welcomes applicants with relevant life experience.

Applicants with relevant life experience may need to take an Access course to prepare them for their degree. Those applicants not already taking an Access course are strongly advised to consult the Admissions Tutor about their application.

Applicants planning a gap year should either apply for a deferred place in the preceding year or ensure that they are available for interview during February and March (the normal interview period for war studies) during their gap year.

Application deadline: 15 January 2018.

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Help and support

If you don’t have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, or if English isn’t your first language, our academic preparation courses can help you get ready for study in the UK.

Preparation courses

Fees and funding

Full time tuition fees UK:

The UK tuition fee for the 2017-2018 academic year is £9,250 per annum.

Please note that the UK tuition fee may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

 

Full time tuition fees EU:

Current regulations allow some students to pay UK tuition fees on the basis of their EU citizenship or residency. Until these eligibility criteria are changed, the EU tuition fee will remain the same as the UK tuition fee.

The UK tuition fee for the 2017-2018 academic year is £9,250 per annum.

Please note that the UK tuition fee may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

 

Full time tuition fees International:

The International tuition fee for the 2017-2018 academic year is £17,050 per annum.

Please note that the International tuition fee is subject to annual increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

All International applicants to Undergraduate programmes are required to pay a deposit of £2,000 against their first year’s tuition fee. This deposit is payable when you firmly accept an unconditional offer to study with us, and will be offset against your tuition fees when you join King’s.

 

Additional costs/expenses

If you study abroad as part of your course, you will not be charged tuition fees by the host university (although some partners do charge a small administration fee for applying). Please see the Study Abroad webpages for details of the relevant partner universities.

King’s will continue to invoice for a proportion of King’s tuition fees.  At present these are as follows:

  • Home students studying or working for a full academic year abroad will receive an invoice for £1,350 for King’s tuition fees for the year.
  • Overseas students studying or working for a full academic year abroad will receive an invoice for one third of the King’s tuition fees for the year.

You should also budget to pay for the associated subsistence costs, such as travel, visas, accommodation and food as well as any vaccination/immunisations required by the country to which you are travelling.

In addition to the costs above, you can also expect to pay for:

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies
  • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions
  • Library fees and fines
  • Personal photocopies
  • Printing course handouts
  • Society membership fees
  • Stationery
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses
  • Graduation costs

For further information, please visit our fees and funding pages.

 

Financial help and support

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King’s.

Career prospects

Our graduates go on to work in a range of fields including government (most commonly in Ministries of Defence and Foreign Affairs in the UK and abroad), academia, journalism, banking (often in emerging markets or risk analysis), research and policy think-tanks, humanitarian organisations and international organisations.

 

Career destinations

Recent graduates have found employment as:

  • Account executive, IT re-seller
    • Accounts assistance, IJS Global
    • Army officer, British Army
    • Consultant, Ernst & Young
    • Creative writer, Groupon
    • Defence analyst, Vision Gain
    • Parliamentary assistant, House of Commons
    • Special constable, Metropolitan Police
    • Trainee accountant, a legal practice